Keith Allen & Bryan Dick head bawdy Hogarth’s Progress double bill at Rose Theatre

Keith Allen and Bryan Dick are set for two monumental pub crawls to celebrate the life of one of England’s bawdiest artists.

Hogarth’s Progress at The Rose Theatre, Kingston, is a riotous double-bill of comedies by BAFTA Award winner Nick Dear.

The plays explore the extraordinary lives of William and Jane Hogarth at a time when culture escaped from the grasp of the powerful into the hands of the many.

Anthony Banks directs Bryan Dick as the younger William Hogarth in the first major UK revival of Dear’s acclaimed comedy The Art of Success, which follows Hogarth through a bawdy night in 1730.

And Keith Allen is the older William Hogarth in the world première of The Taste of the Town which rejoins the now hugely successful artist 30 years later towards the end of his career.

Ruby Bentall, Emma Cunniffe, Ben Deery, Jack Derges, Ian Hallard, Susannah Harker, Jasmine Jones, Sylvestra Le Touzel and Mark Umbers complete the company.

The Olivier Award nominated comedy The Art of Success, in its first major revival, compresses the newlywed William’s rise to fame into a dizzying and hilarious night out through 18th century London’s high society and debauched underworld.

A world première, The Taste of the Town catches up with the Hogarths in Chiswick some 30 years later.

Now hugely successful, William and Jane are still at odds with the world and with each other.

Facing public ridicule for what he considers his finest painting, William sets out to confront his fiercest critic, but there’s always time for one more pint on the way.

The plays will run in rep as part of Rose Theatre Kingston’s 10th anniversary season. They open on September 29, with previews from September 13, and run until October 21.

Each play can be seen as a single performance or enjoyed together, either over different days or as an all-day theatrical experience.

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